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BDA Speaker Series: Mills of the Androscoggin River

Date/Time
05/01/14
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Location
Fort Andross Gallery
14 Maine Street
Brunswick, Maine 04011
United States

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The 2014 BDA Speaker Series presents:

Scott Hanson, Architectural HistorianPhoto for Mills talk-web
Sutherland Conservation Consulting
“The Mills of the Androscoggin”

Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
Fort Andross Gallery, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick.
Breakfast service will begin at 7:30 am. The event will start at 7:50 a.m. $20 per person or $18 per person for parties of 4 or more.

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Architectural Historian and Topsham resident Scott Hanson will present an illustrated talk on the Mills of the Androscoggin.  Focusing primarily on the industrial development of the river in Brunswick and Topsham over more than 250 years, the talk will explore the importance of mills in the development of towns and cities along the Androscoggin and the cultural impacts of related historical events, such as the arrival of immigrant communities to work in many of the mills.  From the many now-lost small wooden mills that were first built along the river to the surviving large brick mills, like Cabot Mill (Fort Andros) in Brunswick and the Bowdoin Mill in Topsham, these buildings and the industries they housed played a critical role in forming the communities we live in today.

Scott Hanson studied at Pratt Institute’s School of Art and Design, combining a solid foundation in the principles of design with a strong focus on architectural history. He also attended Southern Maine Community College, graduating from a pilot program in renovation and restoration technology in 1985.

Scott has utilized his background in design, architectural history, and restoration carpentry in a wide variety of positions. From 2005-2010, he was Preservation Planner for the City of Portland. In that position he worked with property owners, contractors, and developers on hundreds of residential and commercial projects. He was deeply involved in the creation of the Congress Street Historic District, writing the bulk of the district inventory, co-writing the designation report, and writing the application for certification of the district by the National Park Service. It was the first local historic district in Maine to be certified under the current standards. He also worked on updating and rewriting portions of the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance in 2008-09. He developed a collaborative project by the City of Portland, Maine Historical Society, and the Portland Public Library to digitize the city’s 1924 tax records and photos, and continues to manage the volunteer team working on that project. While with the City, Scott presented several illustrated historical talks in conjunction with community planning processes and adapted them into very popular narrated presentations for the Portland Press Herald website. In May, 2009 Scott received a Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation for his work on the Congress Street Historic District initiative.

Scott resides in Topsham, where he has served on the local historic district commission. He is restoring his own 1828 home, Whitten House, which has been featured on the HGTV program, If Walls Could Talk. The restoration/renovation of the house will be featured in The Old House Handbook, an upcoming book for Taunton Press.

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